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  • Ranikhet, home to the Kumaon Regiment and bustling with good old-fashioned military atmosphere, spreads over lush green hills with some stunning views over the distant Himalaya. The focus of the town is a busy bazaar area, but you don’t have to walk far along the narrow Mall Rd to bask in the forest and tall English trees. 

    Apart from a military museum, some peaceful walks and views of snow-capped peaks, there’s not much to do in Ranikhet – it’s much more of a holiday destination than some other hill stations. This hill station is mostly preferred by travelers rather than tourists. Ranikhet is, however, mostly preferred by family and couple. The best season or months to visit places in Ranikhet are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. 

    There are many tourist places in Ranikhet, which can be explored by travelers and wanderers. Sightseeing in Ranikhet can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places it may take multiple days.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Ranikhet:

  • 01The Jhoola Devi Temple

    The Jhoola Devi Temple
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    The Jhoola Devi Temple of Ranikhet is an ancient relic built in the 8th century, located at 7 km from the town. The superior deity of this temple is Goddess Durga and is a believed at this temple, that Jhoola Devi has the powers to fulfil the longings of all her devotees. 

    The temple houses a clumps of holy bells tied to its walls that are known for granting wishes on being ringed. According to a mythology, this temple was built to seek Durga’s protection for the wild animals in the place. The statue of Goddess Durga is said to have been unearthed by a shepherd from a particular place after being guided so by the goddess herself in his dream. This temple is made on the same spot from where this idol was obtained.

    Timings: Opened daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 02Majkhali

    Majkhali
    Image Credit : Steven Cassidy-Flickr

    Situated at a distance of 13 km from Ranikhet, this beautiful sightseeing spot is a must visit. Offering stunning views of Mount Trishul, the spot is ideal for nature lovers.  An action packed afternoon here will include a lazy picnic, some outdoor games and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. 

    Away from the hustle bustle of city noise, you can enjoy melodious sounds of quiet surroundings and the soft chirping of birds. For the more adventurous, there are a number of walking trails around the foothills.

    Timings: Opened daily from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 03Ram Mandir

    Ram Mandir
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    One of the major tourist attractions in Ranikhet that is located near the Chaubatia Gardens and at a distance of 7 km from the city centre. A small flight of stairs goes to the hilltop where the temple is situated. Rama Mandir has a monastery where students are taught ancient vedas along with Vedic and modern mathematics in direction of Sant Sri Mouni Maharaj. People who have a keen interest in vedas should not miss a chance to visit this temple.

    Timings: Opened daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 04Bhalu Dam

    Bhaludam, is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Ranikhet. It is a small lake made artificially.  Located at a distance of 3 km just below the Chaubattia Orchard. The lake was built in 1903 by the British Government. The dam site is nourished with natural beauties, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains, calmness and scenic surroundings. 

    The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is serene and tranquil. The singing of birds, the cool breeze and snow-capped valleys makes the dam area a perfect holidaying spot for the nature loving tourists all around the world. The dam site is open for tourists all through the year.

    Timings: Opened daily from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 05Haidakhan Babaji Temple

    Haidakhan Babaji Temple

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Haidakhan Temple is a Hindu temple located in Chilianuala of Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand at a distance of about 4 km from the famed hill station of Ranikhet. It was constructed by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj who is said to be the manifestation (avatar) of Lord Shiva. 

    The devotion and the holy location of this beautiful temple attract large number of devotees and tourists from across the globe. One can get a stunning view of the giant Himalayan peaks including Pancha Chooli, Nanda Devi and Trishul Parvat from the vicinity of this temple. All the people visiting this place are embraced equally and is an ideal place for rejuvenating and refreshing you from the regular hustling and bustling of the hectic city life.

    Timings: Opened daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 06Golf Ground Ranikhet

    Golf Ground Ranikhet

    Upat is a tiny town located in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, at a distance of 5 km from Ranikhet. The town is popularly known for its 9 holes golf course managed by the Indian army. This Golf Course is also considered to be one of the highest in Asia.

     If you are crazy about golfing, you can definitely try playing a game here. Another major tourist attraction near Upat golf course is the one of the popular places to visit in Ranikhet is the ‘Kalika Temple’, dedicated to Goddess Kali. Situated at a distance of 1 km from Upat, in the town of Kalika, this temple is visited by many tourists coming to Ranikhet.

  • 07Binsar Mahadev Temple

    Built at a distance of 19 km from Ranikhet, this temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is considered one most famous places to visit in Ranikhet.  It is believed that lighting a diya on the day of Vaikunth Chaturdeshi in this temple can fulfil the longing of a child. Many pilgrims and childless couples visit the temple during their vacation in Ranikhet. Located in the heart of thick forests of pine and deodars, with fresh water springs flowing in the area, makes this temple a must visit for people seeking solitude.

    Timings: Opened daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 08Sunset Points

    Sunset Points
    Image Credit : Steven Cassidy-Flickr

    Ranikhet consists of many sunset points that provide view of the snow capped Himalayan Mountains. These points are considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ranikhet. The most prominent amongst these include Machkhali located near woodvilla point between Transit Camp and Ganiadeoli. 

    Also, on the site located on the road from Jhoola Devi Temple to Bhargaon. Most of the places boasts, mesmerizing beauty of the snow-capped Himalayan range soaked in varied hues of the setting sun, cannot be described in words. If you want to spend a peaceful holiday in the lap of Mother Nature and away from the bustling city, then these are places which are perfect for you.

    Timings: Opened daily from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM.

  • 09Tarikhet village

    Tarikhet village

    Tarikhet is small, yet popular hill station situated at distance of 8 km from the town of Ranikhet. This village is a famous as a momentous site during the India’s struggle for independence. It’s most popular attraction is the ‘Gandhi Kutiya’, which is told to be the place where Mahatma Gandhi rested for a long time during the freedom struggle. 

    This place is also popular for its small sized huts used during the freedom struggle and the temple of Golu Devta, which is venerated in the Kumaon region. The village is very cold in the winters and remains moderate in summers, and is best enjoyed from March to October.

  • 10Chaubatia

    Considered as one of the best places to visit in Ranikhet, the ‘Chaubatia Garden’ is known for their exquisite orchards of peaches, apples, plums and apricots. Stationed at a distance of 10 km. from the heart of Ranikhet, these gardens are a pleasant spot for picnics and day outings.

    These gardens are also one of the best examples of step farming in the Himalayan region. This orchard comprises more than 200 varieties of fruits and flowers. A research laboratory is also situated within its vicinity. Accompanied with this, the surroundings of this place provides panoramic views of the snow clad mountain peaks of the majestic Himalayas, as well as  a few religious spots like Nanda Devi Temple, Trishul, Nandaghunti, and Nilkanth.

    Timings: Opened daily from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM.


Attractions

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Roopkund Trek

Counted among the best treks in India, the Roopkund trail is a trekker’s paradise. Roopkund’s topography is complete with verdant forests, acres and acres of open meadows, trickling brooks, and the celestial snow of course. Roopkund also comprises of the eerie Skeletal Lake, and is great for one’s initiation into high-altitude trekking. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons make Roopkund one of the compulsory trekking places near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 308 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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Chandrashila Trek

With the enthralling Kedarnath range to the north, the Chandrashila Peak offers splendid panoramic vistas. Literally meaning the ‘Moon Rock’, Chandrashila is incidentally the highest peak in the area. A low altitude trek that’s full of cavernous gorges and vivid imagery, the season for trekking is round the year. With gradients suiting beginners, Chandrashila trek allows eyeful glimpses of Garhwal Himalayas and the trek passes through an ancient Shiva temple atop Tungnath.

Distance from Delhi: 455 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station

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Mansa Devi Temple

Manasa Devi Temple seems to have a significant space among the minds of the devotees of Shakti, the goddess this temple is dedicated to. Perched on the top of Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the temple offers a splendid view of the mighty Ganges and the holy city of Haridwar. Rather than being a pilgrim centre, the temple makes its value higher among the adventure seekers as well because, the temple is accessible either only by trekking the high altitude or taking the recently established rope way. Chandi Devi Temple located very close to this shrine attracts a large number of devotees everyday as there is a belief that the two forms of Goddess Parvati, Mansa and Chandi stay close to each other.
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Yamunotri

Being the source of the River Yamuna, Yamunotri has a lot of significance in history as well. It is situated at a height of 3293 meters. Yamunotri is considered to be the supreme among the four sites of India’s Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna is the prime attraction here along with the charming holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti. It was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The whole location arranges the best features such as lush green meadows, glacier sights and revamping climate throughout the year. But majorly, the difficulty to reach the top extends a thrilling experience to those who love adventure and escapades. You can reach the location by walking through the rugged plains and roads, 6 KM from Hanuman Chatti and 4 KM from Janki Chatti.
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Deer Park

After Rajaji National Par, Malsi Deer Park is the most visited wildlife centre in Dehradun. This is a mini zoological park turned out to be one of the favourite picnic spots or hangout places in the city, ideal for family outings or school excursions. The herds of deer meandering freely in their habitat through the scenic Malsi reserve forest area ensures an amazing sight before the eyes of its visitors, incomparably beautiful. Unlimited number of birds can also be found inside the park together giving a mind blowing views. For kids, there are fun rides and space for games also. The weekend witnesses the flooding of people towards the park. The park is situated just 10 KM away from Dehradun city at Mussoorie Road.
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Lakshman Jhula

Rishikesh is not only about religious beliefs, ghats or temples; within this ancient city, you can also witness some of the architectural marvels and structures as well! One such structure, the Lakshman Jhula, which is also one of the not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.

The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.

However, the bridge got washed away during the epidemic flood of 1924, and later, a pillar-less suspension bridge was erected at the same spot. The architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula and its proximity to several sacred places make it one of the most visited tourist places in Rishikesh.
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Binsar Trek

Binsar is a beautiful hill station valley of flowers which offers breathtaking views of the Kumaon Valley. The beautiful Himalayan range stretches to about 300 kms along the horizon out of which the most noticeable peaks are the Chaukhamba, Trishuli, Kedarnath, Panchchuoli, Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

The Binsar trek begins from Thalisain towards Pauri. The trek leads through thick forests of oaks, pine, silver fir and deodar that describe complete wilderness. The ascents and descents are gradual and the best time to visit is during winters. One can come across the Samadhi of the great Indian hero Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali situated at Musa Kota amidst Dudhatoli sanctuary.

The Binsar trek is an exciting experience and the trekkers can enjoy the beautiful views throughout the expedition. Binsar is enveloped with hanging moss, ferns, alpine flora, different varieties of wild flowers and forests where one can find rhododendron and oak trees.

If you are a bird watching enthusiast, during a trek in Binsar you will come across a number of beautiful and rare birds. The trek is rather simple and the forest cover will lead to small streams, lush green fields, but be careful of lion ants and tunnel spiders.

Best season: Mid September to early July
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3030 m

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Swarga Ashram

Nestled amidst Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh on the left bank of the Ganges and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the ambience that exists in Swarga Ashram is truly heavenly! While the picturesque surroundings of the ashram contributes much to its tranquil atmosphere, the devotion and spirituality that exists here makes it a paradise for those who seek mental peace and tranquillity!

The epicentre of yoga and meditation within the Garhwal gateway, it is among the most scenic and pleasant places to visit in Rishikesh. Established by Swami Atma Prakash, it can also be called as the home of the homeless, the abode of the needy and a place to relinquish the mind from all the miseries of the society. It offers living spaces to more than 100 people along with offering them free food and other kitchen facilities. A library in Swarga Ashram offers free education on religion and culture to the visitors.

It also has a hospital that offers free treatment to all the saints, pilgrims and others alike. You can reach this divine ashram either by a boat ride through the holy Ganges or by crossing the Ram Jhula. The ashram also has several shopping complexes that sells religious commodities, cultural books, ayurvedic shops, eateries and lot more.
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Dayara Bugyal

Counted among the most beautiful meadows in the country, the vibrant meadow of Dayara Bugyal has attained cult status among hikers. During the wintry months, the milky slopes are perfect for some alpine skiing. The Bhagirathi peaks, Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch are among scores of other peaks that loom around the meadow, and trekkers are particularly taken by many emerald lakes strewn across Dayara Bugyal. Another first-timer trek on the list, the best months to visit are between May to November, although experienced trekkers find the meadow laden with snow in winters irresistible.

Distance from Delhi: 425 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Haridwar Railway Station
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Nag Tibba Trek

Annoy Tibba is a trekkers delight. Despite the fact that it is a moderately obscure trail close Mussoorie it can without much of a stretch be viewed as one of the greatest weekend treks that you can do out of Delhi. For the individuals who need to stroll in the backwoods, ascend to 10,000 feet, see snow clad mountains and camp under starry night skies the Nag Tibba trek is simply great. It presents dazzling perspectives of Bandarpoonch top, the Gangotri gathering of tops, Kedarnath crest in the north, Doon valley and the snow tops of Chanabang.

Annoy Tibba is otherwise called Serpent's Peak. It is the most elevated top (9915 ft) in the Nagtibba scope of the Garhwal Himalayas and is said to be the dwelling place Nag Devta. The trek takes you through thick woods rich in greenery. The benefit of this trek is that you can achieve the base of the Nagtibba range by jeep. This makes it conceivable to do it over a weekend.

Highlights – Trekking, Camping, Hiking

Location - Uttrakhand        

Difficulty Level: Average

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Ram Jhula

Another architectural marvel in the yoga capital of India, Ram Jhula is an important landmark of the city and is also one of the sought after Rishikesh tourist places. Located only 3km from the heart of the city, this 450ft suspension bridge connects the banks of the Ganges with Shivananda and Swarga ashrams at both of its end.

Also known as the 'Shivananda Jhula', this magnificent bridge was built during the late 80s by the regional government; the contribution of Shivananda Ashram Divine Life Society is very significant in the construction of Ram Jhula. Like the Lakshman Jhula, it was also once a jute bridge and serves as an important name in the list of places to visit in Rishikesh.

While crossing the bridge, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Ganges and for the nature photographers, it serves as an ideal destination to click some amazing pictures!
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Tapkeshwar Temple

Dehradun houses one of its most visited temples, Tapkeshwar where Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. Blessed by natural extravagant sights abundantly, the prominent feature of this temple is the main Shivlinga that is kept sacredly inside a cave. The temple resides by the side of thick forests and the natural cave drops water from the roof little by little to give away the Shivlinga more beauty and in turn it appears as an amusing spectacle. The temple is existing in a location which is easily accessible, it is hardly six kilometers away from the city. Shivratri is the biggest festival celebrated at the temple when thousands of pilgrims come and pay tribute to the deity. The cool sulphur- water springs are an additional feature the temple proudly possesses within it. The devotees will take a bath in these springs before they enter inside the temple.
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Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital

The much endangered species found in the Himalayas are being protected carefully over Pt. G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo located in Nainital. Royal Bengal Tiger, Tibetan Wolves, Sambar, Leopard Cat and Himalayan Bear are a few of the important ones one can spot in the zoo. Along with them there are different species of high altitude birds live happily. Sher ka Danda hill is the preserver of this zoo, perched on an altitude of 2100 meters and over 4.6 acres of serene forest. Built in 1984 and opened to public in 1995, the zoo is located just 2 KM away from Tallital Bus Station in Nainital, between Shivalik and middle Himalayan Ranges. The zoo is one of the prime attractions in Uttarakhand now.

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